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FAQs: Sharing of Drafts by IEEE Standards Working Groups

Assists in helping understand how working groups can share drafts.


Can I share IEEE standards drafts within my IEEE standards working group?
Yes. Sharing of IEEE standards drafts within a particular IEEE standards project may be done. See the IEEE-SA Standards Board Operations Manual, section 6.1.3.1, "Draft copyright statements".(Back to top)

Can I share IEEE standards drafts between different IEEE standards working groups?
Sharing of IEEE standards drafts between different IEEE standards working groups is desirable. You can initiate a request via a Joint Sponsorship Agreement (.doc) (for joint sponsorship) or a communication (e.g., by a liaison) between both working groups. Contact IEEE Intellectual Property Rights for further information. (Back to top)

What are some of the issues that might arise sharing a draft standard between working groups?
Issues related to sharing IEEE standards drafts between IEEE standards working groups need to be addressed by the IEEE standards working group that is developing the draft, including:

  • Level of maturity of the draft standard
  • Mutual understanding on access and redistribution e.g., draft placed behind a password protection and availability
  • Recommendation on whether to make it available free of charge or not
The judgment on these issues rests with the working group that is developing the draft in consultation with IEEE-SA staff. (Back to top)

Is there a price associated with sharing an IEEE draft standard?
Sharing of drafts within the particular IEEE standards project that is developing the draft may be done without charge. Any other pricing related to sharing IEEE draft standards is determined by IEEE-SA staff in consultation with the working group that is developing the draft. (Back to top)